Neil Young – A Letter Home

IT'S PROBABLY YOUNG'S IDEA of a joke that, despite all the column inches pertaining to Pono, his high definition digital music player, his latest is a lo-fi affair recorded mono sans overdubs in a refurbished 1947 Voice-O-Graph recording booth. At root, it’s a heartwarming little curio – not least because its resonant cover versions are prefaced by Young talking to his late mother Edna and promising, “I’ll be there eventually, but I still have a lot of work to do [down] here.” Young’s take on fellow Canuck Gordon Lightfoot’s If You Could Read My Mind proves (almost) as starkly beautiful as the one Johnny Cash recorded with Rick Rubin, and other winners include a spry piano-led Since I Met You Baby (Ivory Joe Hunter), and Tim Hardin’s Reason To Believe, a tune Young and mom Edna used to sing at home on Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg. Watch Neil recording Needle Of Death here: